The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium / Edition 4

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Overview

An exciting introduction to astronomy, the fourth edition of this book uses recent discoveries and stunning photography to inspire non-science majors about the universe and science. Written by two highly experienced and engaging instructors, each chapter has been fully updated, with more than 200 new images throughout, including recent images from space missions and the world's best observatories. Redesigned, streamlined pages highlight the breathtaking imagery. The text is organized as a series of stories, each presenting the history of the field, the observations made and how they fit within the process of science, our current understanding, and what future observations are planned. Math is provided in boxes and easily read around, making the book suitable for courses taking either mathematical or qualitative approaches. New discussion questions encourage students to think widely about astronomy and the role science plays in our everyday lives and podcasts for each chapter aid studying and comprehension.

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Editorial Reviews

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''An excellent introduction to the subject, both comprehensive and up-to-date. The authors convey a clear and enthusiastic pedagogic presentation of an exciting field. As a textbook, it will be of great benefit to students, providing a valuable starting point to learn about the subject. Its presentation and style will hold the reader's attention, at the level appropriate for an introductory course. It is my preferred text of this type, as it stands out for its continued excellence over time.''
Dr. Roger Kadala, Hawaii Pacific University

"...the work of two great astronomers and top teachers... clear and concise. This is the text I would use for my introductory astronomy course"
Professor Arun Venkatachar, Ohio University

"This is an extraordinarily attractive, captivating, and easy to follow textbook of modern astronomy. I will happily continue to use it in teaching my course.''
Professor Alex Wolszczan, Penn State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107687561
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 247,192
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 11.93 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay Pasachoff is Professor of Astronomy at Williams College.

Alex Filippenko is Professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Preface; About the authors; 1. A grand tour of the heavens; 2. Light, matter and energy: powering the Universe; 3. Light and telescopes: extending our senses; 4. Observing the stars and planets: clockwork of the Universe; 5. Gravitation and motion: the early history of astronomy; 6. The terrestrial planets: Earth, Moon, and their relatives; 7. The Jovian planets: windswept giants; 8. Pluto, comets, and space debris; 9. Our Solar System and others; 10. Our star: the Sun; 11. Stars: distant suns; 12. How the stars shine: cosmic furnaces; 13. The death of stars: recycling; 14. Black holes: the end of space and time; 15. The Milky Way: our home in the Universe; 16. A Universe of galaxies; 17. Quasars and active galaxies; 18. Cosmology: the birth and life of the cosmos; 19. In the beginning; 20. Life in the Universe; Epilogue; Appendices; Selected readings; Glossary; Index.

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